The Checkup: Is Your Seltzer Addiction Destroying Your Teeth?

• The question: Is your seltzer addiction destroying your teeth? The answer: Maybe a little, but probably not. Turns out, carbonic acid (that’s the stuff that makes the water bubbly) can gradually wear down tooth enamel — but the acid is weak, so what kind of impact it could have on your teeth has a lot to do with other factors, like how much acid and sugar you consume on a regular basis. [The Atlantic] Read more »

The Science-Backed, No-Prescription-Needed Way to Reduce Pain

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If the mental benefits of meditation (Adios, anxiety and depression!) haven’t been enough to get you on the “Breathe in, breathe out” bandwagon, this just might do the trick: A recent study, to be published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that meditation significantly reduced participants’ levels of both emotional pain and physical pain, TIME reports. So listen up, everyone whose whole body is still killing them after this week’s BeWOW workout!
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I Tried It: How I Convinced My Brain to Shut Up with Meditation

Yoga instructor and life coach Jennifer Schelter leads a meditation session | Photograph by Gene Smirnov

Yoga instructor and life coach Jennifer Schelter leads a meditation session | Photograph by Gene Smirnov

Nobody will blink if you declare that you’re carving out two nights a week for barre, because physical exercise is a means to a tangible end. If, however, you announce that you’re going to spend an hour each day sitting in silence, in non-Spandex clothing, in deep contemplation of nothing or, worse, of your essential you-ness, you’ll likely get some questioning stares. But there’s growing evidence that meditation can provide real, measurable benefits — better concentration, enhanced creativity, less agonizing over the small stuff.  Read more »

The Checkup: The 10 Biggest Weight-Loss Mistakes, According to the Pros

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• If you’re looking to lose weight, you’re going to want to make sure you aren’t falling into any of these traps. Think sabotaging your efforts with a quick (and calorie-packed) grab-and-go lunch because you didn’t plan ahead and make a mason jar salad, keeping your weight-loss goals a secret, and more. [POPSUGAR Fitness]

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You Can Go to Adult Sleepaway Camp in the Poconos Where Wet Hot American Summer Was Filmed

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Soul Camp | Photo via Facebook

If you’ve been watching Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix weekend after weekend in an effort to relive your youth, we can do you one better: This September, you can go to adults-only summer camp at Camp Towanda in the Poconos where Wet Hot American Summer was filmed. Adult sleepaway camp, people!

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What It’s Like to Be Silent and Meditate for One Week

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Have you ever wondered what a silent, weeklong meditation retreat is like? Unite Fitness president Gavin McKay just came back from one, and he’s sharing a peek of what it’s like to be silent, introspective and, well, Zen for a week straight. Read on for his insights.

A few short weeks before Christmas I was deciding what I would do for the holiday period. I had a few ideas, but most required a lot of money, pushing in on other people’s plans or the stress of throwing something together when there really wasn’t anything obvious or very appealing. The period between Christmas and New Years has always been a dead time with poor weather when I preferred to be doing something somewhere else, removed from daily routines. For this reason, Winter is the natural time for meditation retreats and my Shambhala meditation community offers 1, 2, 3 or 4 week versions. Yes some people go on retreat for a month at a time. I realized this year was my perfect opportunity to go so I drove off by myself to Sky Lake Lodge in Huson Valley, NY to meditate mostly in silence without technology for a week with 20 people I didn’t know.

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Study: Meditation Eases Anxiety, Depression and Pain

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If you’d written off the practice of mindfulness as hippy-dippy nonsense, it might be time to reconsider. According to NPR, a new meta-analysis of studies published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that the practice of meditation can be seriously beneficial in managing common physical and mental issues. Throughout the meta-analysis, 47 studies involving meditation as a form of treatment were analyzed, and the findings are pretty interesting: While the practice of mindfulness, or meditation, doesn’t seem to affect areas of substance abuse, sleep or weight, it does have a positive effect on problems like anxiety, depression and pain. Read more »